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Accenture Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
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Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 609 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 543 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 1194 reviews)

  • Managers repeatedly ask you to stretch---I told you no WORK-LIFE balance:-( (in 192 reviews)

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  1.  

    Changes on the Horizon

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Process Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Process Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    I've been with Accenture for 3 years and they're definitely one of the funner companies I've seen in the DMV area. In my first 2 years there were plenty of opportunities for volunteering as well as social events with other coworkers. The DC office is also rather larger with it being in a metropolitan area so there is plenty of opportunity to network with people and learn about a lot of different projects.

    Cons

    The biggest con that I've seen has been within the past year. Apparently the commercial side of the business didn't do as well as the federal side and it caused a lot of deserving people (myself included) to suffer when it comes to salary increases and bonuses. Although I was grateful for getting an increase (as some people didn't get one at all) it was very bittersweet knowing that colleagues promoted a year before me received double of what I had been awarded. There are a lot of changes on the rise within the company structure that are making a lot of folks liery because we're not really sure how the next ratings cycle and salary increases are going to look at the end of this year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, but should consolidate workforces

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Emphasis on specialization; great work/life balance

    Cons

    Limited opportunities if in the Services workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add flexibility for Services resources to transition across projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great People & Work, Slow to Promotions & Poor Pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Amazing motivated, smart talented people. A truly collaborative envrionment and very "flat". Value creation is at the heart of alll Accenture work so the work has a lot of integrity behind it and quality is always a priority. Very high priority is placed on Inclusion and Diversity and on CSR and community engagement.

    Cons

    Promotion cycles are very long and rigid. Most promotions are long overdue if people don't get frusterated and leave prematurely as a result. Pay is poor for non MBA hires into managment consulting. Many people leave as a result of non-competative pay in my experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote peole as soon as they are ready and pay competatively for talent and performance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Joining as an experienced hire

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager In Enterprise Partner Support in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager In Enterprise Partner Support in Washington, DC

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have a great benefits program, generous PTO time off (which includes sick days), good training programs. They will promote the experienced hire program, though there is not much of a structured program. Accenture is a great brand name and will enhance your resume. They are a very demanding company to work for. You will be expected to work overtime. They will talk about how work-life balance is really important and how you should use flex time to your advantage. Just don't do it during busy times and that is most of the year. It is a very stable company however I was laid off due to budget cuts and I had the least tenure in my group. They do provide the opportunity to move around if your position gets cut however it is limited time and the hiring process is slow. It took me 7 weeks to get hired, when you only have 30 days to close on a new opportunity, you have to move fast and hope they do too. It is admirable that they give you the opportunity.

    Cons

    Experienced hires are well respected and they bring in new blood and new ideas, they are so happy to have you on board. What I actually experienced is that Accenture has many "lifers" who have been there forever- right out of college, 10-20 year tenures. They are heavily invested, promoted through a laddering system by their peers, and to experienced hires, you are reporting to people, typically younger than you, with less overall years of experience in the business. All they know is the Accenture Way.

    I had a few very successful years, I tried to get promoted, I would always be trumped by a lifer. It is also very difficult to get credit for your work. Typically it melts into your Sr. Managers and executives and you will not be spotlighted for your efforts. Folks at Accenture evaluate you by "the time you have been with Accenture". They do not recognize for one minute your past years of experience with other firms when it comes to recognition of your capabilities and promotion time. They also promote and assign bonuses through a system called Laddering where your peers chime in and vote on who deserves the promotion and bonus the most. If you are popular and have been around a while, you will of course get the most votes. A Sr. Manager I was interviewing with recently told me that the turn around for experienced hires is 80% in less than 5 years. They also made a comment that Accenture chews up and spits out experienced hires and why was I still here at 3 years? These blatant comments really concerned me and maybe getting laid off was not such a bad thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As mentioned earlier, work life balance is promoted, however in reality, it is difficult to practice and you are not winning any brownie points when it is busy. They expect you to work overtime when the work is there. They do have a really good benefits program however in 2015, they have cut back their healthcare program to one consistent program for everyone, but you can choose from 3 healthcare firms. They raised your contribution from 85/15 to 80/20. Costs did not go down. You pay extra for dental and eye care plans, they do cover the bigger percentage costs for these programs. They do offer group rates on optional life insurance and some specialty programs like pet insurance, AD&D, upgraded life insurance, critical illness, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities but at a grueling pace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with at the analyst and consultant level. Great experience in a lot of different roles. Great training opportunities. Great "brand" to have on your resume. Opportunity to get involved in any type of extra-curricular you want. Defined paths to promotion. Great benefits.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Unrealistic expectations from leaders who have married the company and prefer not to have lives outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time developing analysts and consultants - getting to know them as people - it will keep them more satisfied and inclined to stay long term. Staff projects appropriately, don't break the backs of 24-29 yr olds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Wonderful opportunities to learn different technologies.
    -Amazing people to work with.
    -Good type of challenges.
    -Okay benefits
    -Good amount of PTO but you don't always get to use it.
    -Depending on the project remote work is an option.

    Cons

    -Things aren't always very clear or communicated properly.
    -long work ours may happen and you don't always get recognition for it.
    -Often just seen as a resource and not a person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its a large company so its easy to make people feel like they are just resources and not human beings. Maybe consider having more of a human element as well as give better compensation for the long hours that are being worked.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Accenture Management Consulting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Name recognition
    Respect in marketplace
    Strong diversity
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Long interview process
    Low salaries
    Cumbersome but unfair performance review process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good people, good process, disconnected leadership!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to grow if you are willing to work hard; I got 2 promotions within a short time.

    Cons

    Leadership is disconnected with what's going on below senior manager. Retention issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the truth out yourself; not just what people say. Organizational health is very important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Relationship-based organizational structure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High quality people, culture and values built on strong internal relationships and community. Accenture employees starting at the analytst and consultant levels have unparalleled professional tenure

    Cons

    One of the highest attrition for more senior staff, it is difficult for experienced hires to assimilate into highly relationship-based organizational structure.We senior leadership providing organizational direction and growth-strategy;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is pigeonholed at the account level, inventive structures are not implemented, nor are investment budgets, and leadership does not provide the necessary infrastructure for future leaders to thrive.Model the way, Enable others to act, work smarter to increase organizational success opposed to fragmented account team success strategies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great for your resume, but don't expect your ideal role

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and great chance of getting hired for the US federal subsidiary. This company looks great on a resume, and the benefits (e.g. health, vision, dental, profit-sharing, etc.) are comprehensive. Opportunities to receive recognition for hard work, particularly for young/new employees.

    Cons

    Career counselors are hit or miss, and the work-life balance is terrible for any non-executive or anyone without kids. Job security is nice, but that comes with roles you probably didn't want / have no interest in: consultants doing development, developers doing testing, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you hired someone for development, give them a development role. Likewise for testers, consultants, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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